NORMAL — When the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade steps off next week, the Alabama A&M Marching Maroon and White will be front and center.
The AAMU marching band has been selected as the lead band in this year’s parade.
And Band Director Dr. Carlton Wright said the MM&W will be in peak form for the opportunity to represent the university on such a large stage.
“We’re already preparing to put on a memorable and iconic show,” he said. “This opportunity is a huge notch for our program’s storied history. Everyone in this program is locked in on making it special for our entire university community, state, and the families and communities our students represent.”
The band accepted the invitation last April (2022) and has seen donations and support come from alumni, local businesses and corporate sponsors.
“It’s been great,” said Wright. “Most of the fundraising ideas have come from our students, which is something we’re excited about as a staff.
“They are the driving force behind this trip.”
In addition to the MM&W’s parade performance, the Dancing Divas will be featured in a special performance with the famous Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.
The parade can be seen locally on WAFF-TV Channel 48.